Models show an 80 percent chance that Nevada has already reached the peak of coronavirus cases, according to the Washoe County Health District Reno Gazette Journal
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Models show 80% chance Nevada has reached peak
The Washoe County Health District said Friday that models show there is an 80 percent chance that Nevada has already reached the peak of coronavirus cases.
The model that local health officials are using is from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy lab that has been tracking COVID-19 cases and using a statistical model of how cases are spreading.
“There is a 20 percent chance that the peak is ahead of us,” said Washoe County Health District Officer Kevin Dick.
16th COVID-19 patient dies in Washoe County
COVID-19 has claimed its 16th victim in Washoe County, a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions, Washoe Health District Officer Kevin Dick announced in a press briefing.
To date in Washoe County, 588 people have tested positive. Forty have been hospitalized and 119 people have recovered.
The hospital capacity in Washoe County, according to Dick:
- 54 percent of licensed and staffed short-term acute beds are occupied.
- 49 percent of ICU beds are occupied
- 28 percent of ventilators are in use.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
3,524 cases of COVID-19 statewide
Friday, 7:35 a.m.
The number of Nevadans to test positive for COVID-19 reached 3,524 cases on Friday, according to the latest data from the Nevada Health Alliance. It represents an increase of 203 known cases since the Alliance’s initial report Thursday morning.
The number of people who have died from the virus is 142, an increase of five from Thursday morning.
So far, 29,762 people statewide have been tested for the coronavirus. It’s likely the true number of people that have the disease is higher than what has been reported, as a limited testing capacity has restricted the number of people who can be screened.
Clark County cases jump by 113
Another 113 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Clark County and three more have died, according to numbers released by the Southern Nevada Health District on Friday morning.
That brings the totals there to 2,738 known cases and 124 deaths attributed to the virus.
The increase breaks a three-day stretch of decreasing new case numbers in the southern Nevada county.
State death toll rises to 142; 15th person dies in Washoe County
Nevada’s death toll from COVID-19 is now at 142, up from 137 earlier today, according to the latest numbers from the state.
The number of positive cases for the novel coronavirus is also at 3,321 Nevadans. The state reports that 28,451 people have been tested so far for the disease. About 35% of cases involve people ages 30 to 49.
Another Washoe County resident has also died of COVID-19, the 15th person in the county to die of coronavirus, according to a release from the Washoe County Health District.
That person was a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions.
The county also reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional recoveries. So far, 572 Washoe County residents have contracted COVID-19.
Thirty-eight people are currently hospitalized, an increase of six patients since Wednesday.
So far, 54 percent of acute-care beds are occupied, 49 percent of ICU beds are occupied, and 23 percent of ventilators are in use.
Project to turn convention center into care site on hold
The project to transform the Reno Sparks Convention Center into an alternative care site in case of a patient surge was put on hold, according to the COVID-19 Washoe Incident Management Team.
If needed, the project will still be implemented with a two-day mobilization and a seven-day build, officials with the Incident Management Team said in a news release on Thursday.
“Trigger points have been established should there be a need to move forward on the ACS plan,” officials said in the news release.
The team was working with the Army Corps of Engineers to design and convert the 381,000-square-foot space into a care site for up to 700 beds.
The alternative care site would serve to treat patients with a broad spectrum of conditions, from non-acute to critical care, officials said.
Renown Health has also set up its own care facility in its parking structure with 700 beds. If needed, the care facility could also hold an additional 700 beds.
Carson City, Douglas County women test positive Thursday
Quad-County Emergency Operations Center on Thursday reported two new positive cases of COVID-19.
The new cases are a Carson City woman in her 60s and a Douglas County woman in her 30s.
This brings the total number of cases to 53, with 12 recoveries in the Carson City and Storey, Lyon and Douglas County areas. A total of 41 cases remain active.
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